Penguins can’t fly in the air. Underwater, it’s a different story. With a rocket-shaped body and paddle-like wings, penguins fly through the water with ease as they snap up fish, squid, and crustaceans to eat. Endangered in the wild, African penguin populations have dropped by 50% in the past 30 years.
Learn more about what the Cincinnati Zoo is doing to save African penguins
Did you Know?
These hardy little penguins can hold their breath over 2 minutes and dive over 400 feet deep!
African Penguin Point habitat is three times the size of the previous African penguin space with a dramatically larger indoor bedroom area to encourage breeding, expand nesting sites and ultimately result in a thriving colony of 30+ birds.
Multiple built-in enrichment opportunities throughout the habitat enhance the welfare of the species. Fans, misters, sprinklers, underwater jets, heat lamps, multiple substrates, and underwater enrichment attachment points provide a complex environment. These features promote natural behaviors for overall optimal health and well-being. Some of the enrichment features also allow the colony to stay outside longer during the year when cooler temperatures would normally dictate otherwise. RFID technology throughout the pool and beach area track real-time movements of the colony. All of these promote natural behaviors for overall optimal health and well-being!